Conner Freiboth & His Brotherhood Story
Meet Conner Freiboth, Colorado Boulder – This is his Brotherhood Story.
Growing up just 20 minutes outside of Boulder, it was no surprise that Conner would one day end up on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder. However, even Conner never envisioned he would be instrumental in the transformation of the Greek community on campus. This journey began with his initiation into Sigma Tau Gamma.
Conner joined the Zeta Psi Associate Chapter in the fall of 2018. Shortly after his initiation into the chapter, it was time for elections.
Conner recalls being interested in serving the chapter in some capacity, “I had always seen myself as a leader to some degree up until that point.” He figured he would ease into being a chapter leader by running for Director of Finance or Director of Education and Wellness. But Josh Bradley, the brother who first recruited Conner, and the chapter, had another idea – Conner was elected Chapter President.
“There was still so much to learn – I had only been an initiated brother for maybe a month and a half.” It was a position that may have seemed daunting at the time, but now Conner is grateful for the opportunity. “I truly believe it has made me into a better person overall and an even better leader. Sig Tau has helped me affect the community in a positive way, as well as impacted me as a person and helped me realize my potential as a leader,” he said.
Yet, Conner and Sig Tau would have an even bigger impact on the campus community. In early 2019, with no current university affiliated IFC, Sig Tau, in conjunction with three other organizations, started the university affiliated on-campus IFC.
It was a long and difficult process involving writing policy and procedures, working with numerous campus partners, and working to ensure that through collaboration, each organization would find success on campus. Once created, the same brother who encouraged Conner to join Sig Tau and then run for Chapter President, Josh Bradley, would become the on-campus IFC President. Under Josh’s leadership, more fraternal organizations began to join the on-campus IFC, legitimizing and strengthening the new IFC community.
Months later, once more, elections were around the corner. Again, Josh Bradley approached Conner in the same way as before, encouraging him to run for president – this time for the IFC – an election Conner would later win.
What defines Conner’s Sig Tau experience is not a leadership position, a flashy social, or successful event. To him, his defining moment has been the times that he has seen true brotherhood. “Witnessing the brotherhood I helped create, come together for one another is incredible,” Conner said.
In his time as Chapter President and IFC President, Conner has had the opportunity to attend Webb Academy, as well as the Chartering Ceremony for Colorado State.
Conner stated that going to Webb Academy allowed him to hear from people in the industry, other presidents, and the national organization and learn what it really meant to lead a chapter. Similarly, when Conner attended Colorado State’s chartering ceremony, he said that it propelled him and his chapter brothers forward, driving them to push for being chartered, push for more members, and push for the men of the brotherhood to be better.
As he met alumni from around the country, the importance of the brotherhood sank in for Conner, “It made me want to continue their legacy, continue to be a noble man like them, to provide the incredible brotherhood experience that they had, and to continue to hold Sig Tau to the highest of standards.”
Conner might be a Founding Father of a young chapter in the 100 years of Sig Tau, but the rich history of the Fraternity helps guide his decision making. Even as an undergraduate member, Conner looks towards the next 100 years of a continued experience for noble men, built on the strong brotherhood.
“I cannot even describe how proud I am to be in this incredible organization and how proud I am to have the last 100 years of men to look up to,” Conner said. It is Conner’s hope that we take the past 100 years of alumni, history, and brotherhood, and translate that to an even better experience for the next 100 years and next generation of students.
“We can appreciate those who have gotten us here today and promise to work towards a new and better experience for the next 100 years,” Conner said. “If we work together as a brotherhood and take the power and strength of the last 100 years – and transform that into another 100 years, I think Sig Tau can prosper forever.”
We’re pleased to highlight Conner and his Sig Tau Story during this Founders Day Challenge. He is one of many brothers helping to Honor our History and Build our Future. Donate today to celebrate brothers like Conner and help us raise $100,000 to celebrate Sig Tau’s 100 years of Brotherhood.
ABOUT SIGMA TAU GAMMA FRATERNITY
Founded at the University of Central Missouri on June 28, 1920, the organization will commemorate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. With a presence on 81 campuses in 29 states, our membership includes more than 2,700 undergraduate men and 63,000 living alumni. The Headquarters, which is home to the Fraternity, Foundation, and WPN Housing Company, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 miles from the center of downtown. Visit http://sigtau.org for additional information.